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If you are or become a company director, you now need a Director Identification Number

Commercial Law

Australia has introduced a system of identification numbers for company directors.  Every director will have a single, lifelong Director Identification Number (‘DIN’) which she or he will use in relation to each company that she or he is a director of.

Every person who is currently a director of a company or becomes a director in future must apply for a DIN.  An essential part of the process is that the director must prove her or his identity.  Each director must lodge a personal application and cannot delegate the task to anyone else.

Time limits

If you became a company director on or before 31 October 2021, you have until 30 November 2022 to apply for your DIN. 

If you first became/become a company director between 1 November 2021 and 4 April 2022, you must apply for a DIN within 28 days of your appointment as a director. 

If you first become a company director after 4 April 2022, you must apply for a DIN before you are appointed as a director.

How to apply for a DIN

To apply for a DIN online, you must:

  • Set up a ‘myGovID’, using an online app.  Note that this is different from a ‘myGov’ account.  Obtaining a ‘myGovID’ requires evidence of identity such as your passport and driver’s licence.
  • Lodge your DIN application with ‘myGovID’, using your tax file number, residential address and information from two identity documents such as your bank account details, tax assessment or a dividend statement. The application process is expected to take less than 5 minutes.

Whilst it is possible to apply for a DIN by telephone or by a paper application, the process is a little more complicated. Please contact us if you require further information about Director Information Numbers

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